Migration Museum, Adelaide

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Learn about European immigration and settlement of South Australia at Migration Museum, a social history museum located in what was once the city’s destitute asylum. Between 1850 and 1918 the building housed deserted and destitute men, women, and children, but today maintains both permanent and rotating exhibitions. Featuring nine modern galleries, the museum showcases the history and culture of native peoples before European colonization, as well as the impact immigration had on the country starting with the 19th century. The oldest museum of its kind in Australia, this site aims to promote multiculturalism and tolerance through the preservation and understanding of South Australia’s diverse cultures. Our Adelaide online trip itinerary maker makes visiting Migration Museum and other Adelaide attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Great little museum with really good and interesting displays. Well worth a visit, learning experience as well! Recommended.  more »
  • This is an amazing place to visit that has all the history of immigration to Adelaide. It is a small place but packed with information and so interesting. Once you start to read and look at the displa...  more »
  • Excellent display of the history of all migration to South Australia.The exhibition is rather smaller than I'm used to. However, this served to enhance the content of the display. Recommended for all ...  more »
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  • I have live in South Australia now for 11 years and recall my first visit to the migration museum some 9 years ago, the museum was packed with information about the struggles that the new settlers of past years went through. My Auntie arrived from England and I decided to take her around the museums and galleries in the City, I recommended the migration museum and as we arrived we were welconed by the team there. As we walked around the museum I noted that boards had been placed in there listing information about the invasion, then as I waked inside there was a video with an aboriginal woman talking about the stolen generation etc.... now I am aware of the hardship an struggles the Indigenous communities face as I have worked in central Australia but I fail to see why since my last visit how the museum has gone from a celebration of migrants to a very heavy feeling of invasion. There was a suggestion board with terrible language on there relating to my culture and of course that of my Aunts. I will not be taking anymore of my family here as the museum has become a beating stick to hit migrants with.
  • The story of South Australia, good and bad, within some of Adelaide's Original Buildings. I thoroughly enjoyed the displays and gleaning through the information available. I had an hour to kill before work and believe I was only one/fifth of the way through the displays, I shall return to continue! Entry is free, with the option to donate.
  • This museum was a real eye opener for Australian as well as international guests. The museum tells the interesting tales of migration to South Australia in particular but also of all Australia more broadly since collinization. A lot of hard truths in evidence here and certainly would change some peoples worldview. Highly recommend a visit to this venue. Free entry and takes 1 to 2 hours to take it all in.
  • A great peak into recent history, this museum is very grounded in the local area. Free temporary exhibitions are always interesting and the main exhibition is good with some interactive options for the kids.
  • Free admission. I really liked the small size of the museum. I'm the kind of person that reads all the historical information so I'm happy that everything was concise and essential. I spent around 1.5h and I think that it's hard to spend more time there. For its size it's very well made, maintained, and accurate. Go learn about how Adelaide came to be!

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